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Argument: Renewable energy standard unifies scattered state standards

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"Nation needs a standard for renewable energy." The Denver Post Editorial. September 29th, 2010: "We have long supported a renewable energy standard in Colorado, and have seen how it has prompted growth in an industry that is important to the nation's energy future. Colorado, which already has a 30 percent renewable energy mandate by 2020, wouldn't be directly affected by the bill. However, the measure has the potential to boost the state's blossoming renewable industries, and the promising renewable energy research going on at the state's premier universities and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Already, about 6,500 clean energy jobs have been created in Colorado since Gov. Bill Ritter began his "new energy economy" push in 2007. While more than 30 states have a renewable standard of some sort, some of them are lower than 15 percent, are voluntary and have later phase-in deadlines. A national standard would provide certainty for renewable energy researchers and businesses and prompt private investment in the area. While we don't support long-term subsidies to prop up renewable energy development, we think a national standard would provide an important kick-start as the nation moves to diversify its energy consumption portfolio."

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